Senior journalist Vinod Verma terms his arrest as political witch-hunt

Senior journalist arrest on extortion charges calls it a political witch hunt as he has in possession a sex CD of a Chhattisgarh minister

by Nishant Saxena
Published - Oct 27, 2017 3:00 PM Updated: Oct 27, 2017 3:00 PM

Senior journalist Vinod Verma, who was picked up by police at 3:30 am from his residence in Ghaziabad on extortion and blackmailing charges, said it is a political witch hunt because he has a sex tape of a Chhattisgarh minister.

“I have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat, that is why the Chhattisgarh government is not happy with me,” Verma told the press waiting to seek his comment outside the Inpirapuram Police station where he was being interrogated.

A six member police team from Raipur had come to Ghaziabad to arrest him from the residence with the help of the Ghaziabad police.

Hundreds of CDs and pen drives, laptop and a diary have been seized from his residence, the police told media.

However, the police have not yet disclosed any information about the content in the CDs seized from his residence.

The police didn’t let anyone meet Vinod Verma at the police station including his lawyers, only Verma’s son was allowed to see him.

Verma has now been taken to the Ghaziabad local court from where he is expected to be taken to Raipur.

Last year, Verma was part of a fact-finding team of the Editors Guild in Chhattisgarh, which examined cases of intimidation of journalists. He has worked as Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and has also been associated with the BBC Hindi service.

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